If WW1 and WW2 had never taken place, would the British Empire still exist today?
I have no doubt; however the aspect of this I am certain about is parts of Poland, once known as East Prussia, would still be known as East Prussia. AS WW2 the allies signed an agreement pact to rid Prussia from future existence. To them, Prussia, with its wartime history, was seen as the pinnacle of why WW1 happened, thus, leading on to WW2.
Interesting. I also think that the Austro-Hungarian Empire would still exist, and Russia would still be ruled by the Tsars.
Right no Russian Revolution. No Cold War and no spread of Marxism in Latin America from the late 1950's to the early 1990's. Phew! That is alot to think about. I bet our technology would not have changed much since 1900 without these wars.
Interesting question! I doubt it though. I am sure that the countries within the Empire would have chosen to become independent eventually anyway. The possibility would be that Britain would have been fighting small scale wars against its own dominions who were wanting independence - so repeating the Ireland situation all around the globe.
Hmmm! That's true, after all Britain had to suppress a mutiny in India in 1857, and even earlier, many of Spain's colonies rose up against their masters, and let's not forget a certain revolution that spawned the USA. Yep, I think you're right Judi.
Well, that's a good question. World War One was extremely costly to Britain, plus when millions of men were thrown together, the class system started to break down (note I say started-- it was only slightly less stratified after, but there were chinks). When World War Two started, after a long depression, and Britain found herself alone she needed help from neutral America. Most Americans think we gave Britain all kinds of stuff (destroyers, armaments, food, etc) but the fact is Britain had to pay for that stuff by liquidating its US assets. So, in the absence of WW1 and WW2, I would say the Empire would exist today in some form. History tells me, though, that some other war or two would have happened involving major countries, so, "final answer", technological advances and war would have eventually dismantled the Empire.
Here's one for you: Does America have an Empire?
In the US a lot of folks believe we are ruled by the U.K., and of course Canada and Australia too - we certainly have a non US bank running the nation's currency - so maybe the British Empire does still exist.
That's quite strange, although I do remember watching a documentary that said that the US was just a corporation that had been set up by the East India Company. Can't remember the name of the documentary.
Interesting. I can relate to America being a corporation. We have no culture as a nation. It is all about MORE and BIGGER and BETTER. We are taunted with talk about an "AMERICAN DREAM" so we will keep marching on being servants to the elite.
Every empire, like stellar objects expands to a particular limit after which it is bound to disentegrate. All through history right from Pax Romana to Pax Brittanica, empires have been breaking up for various internal and external causes. Had WW1 or WW2 not taken place the British Empire would have still faded away.... but the prime cause may not have been economic; but the inherent desire for liberty. The very reason why the thirteen colonies of the new world seceded from their mother country. WW1 and WW2 merely accelarated this process.
yes. the british empire was in existence before either world war, because england is a monarchy! it is a constitutional monarchy, true, but a monarchy nonertheless.
It's head of govermnemt is the Queen. and when she decides to retire or Die, the Crown will go to either Prince Charles, or his son Prince William, even if they rule only England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland...
The if the WW1 and WW2 of our era didn't took place, another world war led by the US against the British Empire would emerged. Classified documents from the 1930s, now reveal to the public, saw US' plan to destroy the British Empire and already allied with Japan. The ally force of Japan and US is already more then powerful enough to destroy the British Empire. China and most of Europe, also had the intention of invading the Britain. After overthrowing the Cixi region, which was corrupt and led to the fall of China, in 1911, China's economy and military was recovering with help from US, Russia, Japan and Germany, knowing China was preparing for war with UK. Prior to WW1 France and Germany are allies, who hate UK, that only changed due to WW1. Also, the Ottoman Empire, also has every intention of invading the UK and they were very powerful. Ottoman Empire collapsed due to WW1 defeat and British and French conquer most of their land, until former Ottoman kicked them out and form, the Middle Eastern nations we know today. The Ottoman Empire, also wanted to invade the British Empire. Without WW1 and WW2, another world war would emerged by WW2 era, against the British Empire. The combine strength of US, Japan, France, Germany, Ottoman and China, by that stage is would be more then powerful enough to tear the British Empire apart and conquer the UK itself. Afterwards, they would torn the British Empire into pieces, China would regain all the territory they lost to UK, India would become a Republic, Australia, New Zealand and Canada would be torn to pieces, with US, China, Japan, Germany, France and/or Ottomans each ruling a part of it. UK would either be colonized or be bankrupt, by been force to pay a huge amount of money. Today's UK would have been a 3rd world country. Australia, New Zealand most likely today be under the rule of Japan or China (and China won't be taken by the Communist, because WW2, is what allow Communist take China, sucker punching the China Republic, in post war era.) So they would be speaking Chinese or Japanese, Canada would be rule by US, France or Germany. UK, either broke, by paying compensation to the allies, or be colonized by Germany, France, US or Ottomans. India would be a Republic. if they conquer the UK, they might even try to wipe out the British monarch blood line, to secure their power (people were more blood thirsty back then) either looking for some lame excuse to find them guilty in court and execute them or assassination..
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